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Becoming a Licensed Operator

You should first contact Planning to ensure that you have the correct planning consent in place for your premises. 

A Private Hire Operator may only use drivers and vehicles which are licensed by the same authority.

If you want to operate a vehicle as a private hire vehicle, that is, to invite or accept bookings for the vehicle in the course of business, requires an Operator's Licence.

It is an offence to operate a private hire vehicle without this licence.

Contact us to arrange appointment: By Email or 01744 676770.

When you attend your appointment, you must bring the following:

  • A completed Private Hire Operator’s application form
  • The current  fee (payable by card only)
  • The design of your Private Hire door sign (full colour), which must comply with page 27 of the Taxi Licensing Policy
  • If you do not hold a drivers licence with us you must bring a 'Certificate of Character' from a person who is not a relative or a person already licensed by St. Helens Council, who has been personally acquainted with you for at least two years.

All new applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the Taxi Licensing Policy.


Introduction of the option to request a 1 year Driver or Operator Licence

The applicant would have to request and state case as to why they required a 1 year Driver or Operator Licence as the Authority cannot issue them under general circumstances. This option is available to all of the trade and prices for these licences can be found on the fee's page.

You will receive a reminder (either by text or by post), at least 3 months prior to expiry. It is important that you contact us and make an appointment immediately. 

Expired licence holders will have to reapply as a new applicant.

Reminders are sent as a matter of courtesy and it remains your responsibility to renew in good time.

If a renewal application is not received before the expiry date, then there is no licence to renew and any subsequent request will be treated as a new application, with all the necessary checks starting again.

Contact us to arrange appointment: By Email or 01744 676770.

Please bring with you to the appointment: